- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

CHARLEVOIX, Mich. (AP) - An appeals court won’t overturn a decision that calls for more stringent pollution controls at a cement plant in northern Michigan.

The federal court this week ruled against St. Marys Cement, a Canadian company that makes cement in Charlevoix, 50 miles north of Traverse City.

St. Marys objected to a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency, which believes the company could reduce haze-causing emissions by 50 percent. The company disputes the figure and says new technology proposed by the EPA would be ineffective at the Charlevoix site and affect production.

But in a 3-0 decision, the appeals court says it can only block a rule if it finds the EPA abused its discretion. In the St. Marys case, the court says it found “no such flaw.”

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